A Guide to Efficient Trial Managementby The Trial Manager's Network
This Guide to Efficient Trial Management, published by the Trial Manager's Network (UK) and available freely online, is a must for all trial managers or coordinators. This link is for the 6th Edition (2018)
Epidemic curves are an important component of the public health and global health toolbox. Learn more about creating and interpretting them.
The Global Health Trials Methodology Research Agenda: A Priority Setting Exerciseby The Editorial Team
The following invitation to take part in trials methodology research comes from the Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) which was established by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) to improve the quality of clinical trials.
Preparing for and Executing a Randomised Controlled Trial of Podoconiosis Treatment in Northern Ethiopiaby Henok Negussie, Thomas Addissie, Adamu Addissie, Gail Davey
This study highlights the utility of rapid ethical assessment prior to clinical trials involving complex procedures and concepts.
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Framework for Research Capacity Strengtheningby ESSENCE on Health Research Research
This framework describes key components of capacity development, indicators for their success and ways to verify capacity development.
Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases have evolved rapidly in recent decades as outbreaks such as SARS, Avian Influenza, Ebola, MERS, Chikungunya, and Zika virus have demonstrated how quickly infections can cross international borders.
Public Health Degrees.org is a comprehensive search engine designed for students who are interested in learning more about Public Health and Health Sciences programs around the United States.
This Week In Global Health (TWiGH) - Skills and Competencies for Public Healthby The Editorial Team
Greg Martin talks about four areas of competencies needed to be effective in public health and global health. He places particular importance on management, leadership and governance.
Looking for a job in global health? A 4 part series that takes a look at what you need to do to get your career in global health off to a good start.
eSeminar: Research papers that make a difference: discussing research waste, reproducibility and impactby Iveta Simera, the EQUATOR Network
Dr Iveta Seimer, Deputy Director of the UK EQUATOR Centre, discusses research waste, reproducibility, and how to use reporting guidelines to make an impact. Poor reporting seriously affects the integrity of health research literature and critically limits the use and impact of published studies.
ASLM: Reconstructing Laboratory Systems: How to Rebuild in Ebola-Affected Countriesby The Editorial Team
New articles from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).
The SWAT and SWAR programme is identifying issues about the methods of trials and systematic reviews about which there is sufficient uncertainty to justify research to support well-informed decision making about future designs and choices.
In this seminar from January 2014, Dr Jane Crawley talks about clinical standardisation in PERCH (Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health), a large case-control study of the causes of and risk factors for severe pneumonia.
Professor Bongani M Mayosi from the Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital & University of Cape Town describes the transofmation of the science cohort in South Africa.
Evaluating Clinical Trial Designs for Investigational Treatments of Ebola Virus Diseaseby The Editorial Team
This article published in PLOS Medicine on April 14th, 2015 discusses how best to test Ebola treatment.
Managing clinical trialsby Barbara Farrell, Sara Kenyon, Haleema Shakur
Managing clinical trials, of whatever size and complexity, requires efficient trial management. Trials fail because tried and tested systems handed down through apprenticeships have not been documented, evaluated or published to guide new trialists starting out in this important field.
Ebola PPE guidelines - urgent need to revise WHO and CDC guidelines. This video shows an excerpt from keynote address 'The fuss about face masks', Professor Raina MacIntyre from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia.
Observational Studies: Getting Clear about Transparencyby The PLOS Medicine Editors
When publishing observational research, what information should journals make available to the medical community before a result can be considered sufficiently reliable to inform patient care or health policy? The PLOS Medicine editors, in recent consultation with our editorial board, endorse measures in four areas to advance transparency in the analysis and reporting of observational studies.
TDR Implementation Research Toolkitby WHO-TDR
This extensive toolkit was developed by TDR, and explains how to conduct implementation research. This toolkit was designed to help people learn a standard process that would lead to results that could be compared across regions and countries. It is designed to help identify system bottlenecks and the stakeholders to be involved, formulate appropriate research questions, conduct the research and develop a plan for implementing the study results.
Seven principles for strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries: simple ideas in a complex worldby ESSENCE on Health Research Initiative
This good practice document of the ESSENCE on Health Research initiative is designed to provide broad guidance on how best to strengthen research capacity with the maximum possible benefit.
AuthorAid is a great online tool whose aim is to support developing country researchers in publishing their work.
We have recently obtained permission to share some very interesting videos from Global Health Videos by Greg Martin. This video series covers issues relating to research methods and study designs in Global Health.
Five keys to improving research costing in low- and middle-income countriesby ESSENCE on Health Research Initiative
ESSENCE on Health Research have created a good practice document on research costing. It includes a review of the funding practices related to the definition and funding of direct and indirect costs.
This guide, developed by the WHO and released in December 2013, aims to facilitate implementation research in LMICs.
Good Clinical Practice in Resource-Limited Settings: Translating Theory into Practiceby The Editorial Team
This article explains the process of data management operations within clinical trials from start to finish.
We present this clinical trial as a gold standard example. This study addressed a key question in the management of severely ill children. It was conducted to a very high standard across 3 African countries. This article links to a short film that explains how this trial can be an example to all researchers in resource-limited settings and shows that research can and should be done.
Templates from an investigator-led trial in Cameroon: the CAMPS trial (also available in French)by Lawrence Mbuagbaw
During the setting up of our trial in Cameroon we met several operational issues that we needed to overcome. For some of these issues we developed some tools and we have made them available here so that other research groups can use them in their clinical trials.
Regional faculties provide opportunity for increased professional networking and clinical trial skill sharing at a local level. The Global Health Regional Faculties are being set up to facilitate activities that will increase and support clinical research in specific regions this is achieved by sharing skills, knowledge and experience between disease areas, job roles and research sites. Examples are opening up spaces on training courses or for meetings, supporting exchange or observational site visits. This article explains how interested groups could set up a faculty in their region
This article explains how an East Africa Research Group have developed and applied a highly pragmatic an effective monitoring system. This group train research staff to monitor or perform QC on studies and then implement a system of reciprocal monitoring between studies. It is cost effective and works well.
This article was written by a researcher from Sri Lanka and presents a very helpful overview on Biomedical Ethics. This article will be helpful to all levels of research staff and others who might want an accessible overview
What is the definition of clinical trial monitoring? Who can be a monitor? What are the monitor's roles and responsibilities? Read on for some answers.
Who should write up the results of the clinical trial? Are there guidelines on what should be included in the paper? This article answers these questions.
Considerations for pharmacovigilance and safety reporting.
The site initiation process is important as it ensures that all the logistics are organised and the site is ready to begin recruiting subjects.
The effort invested in pre-trial planning and preparation more than pays off in terms of smooth operations, happy staff, happy participants, good recruitment and ultimately high quality data.